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Warfare 2021 – 27th/28th November @ Ascot & Club News

Warfare 2021 – 27th/28th November @ Ascot

The Warfare team have made great progress with arranging the show.  We have 70+ traders signed up, 600+ competitors preparing their figures, participation games and an advanced ticketing system for door entry.  However all this will be in vain without the support of the club members to prepare and staff the event.  We will need helpers at Ascot from 3:00pm on Friday 26th and on both days of the event.  We will not have to put down a floor nor put out the tables, but there is more effort to coordinate the loading & unloading. There are two ways that you can volunteer; sign up with a particular team or sign up as a general helper which will mean switching between tasks as required.  The people to contact are:-

  • Tony Lennon – Bring & Buy
  • Paul Hayes – Trader Loading & Unloading
  • Alastair – Help point & demonstration games
  • James Baldwin – Door
  • Ian Sewell – Club equipment & transport
  • David Henderson – Setup for Tournaments
  • Steve Watling – General helpers

As in previous years we will be operating the reward voucher scheme for those that contribute.  One change, caused by the size of the site, will be that eligibility for vouchers will be determined by the team leaders and will be gained through working for a period on one or more of the teams.

 

Club Nights

It has been great to see all those down the club over the last few months, please be aware of the following:

  • Booking – To book for a Club Night please use the booking page available here, we still need this because we need to know who has been down the club
  • Table Setup – We have a layout that we are working to that makes best use of the space and allows some social distancing. Please follow the instructions of any committee members on layout
  • Bar Area/Sindlesham Room (The smaller room) – Numbers down the club in the last couple of weeks have meant that we don’t need to rent the extra space. We are going to have to pay full rate in the next couple of weeks and once we do we will see if numbers mean we need to start renting this. We will use the games booked to help give us a guide for future numbers.
  • Terrain – Any terrain or mats that have been borrowed please can they be returned to the club, we are trying to see how much terrain the club has.

 

Club Sundays

A reminder about club Sundays for the rest of the year, they are:

September 19th
October 17th
December 12th

Booking for the Sundays is done through the same page as for Wednesday games.

 

Membership Reminder

If you have not paid your membership this year please use the links to the club store for those who want to use card or PayPal:

For renewing if you were a member last year Click Here
The page is password protected and the password is Discountmember2021$

If you were not a member last year Click Here

We are still taking cash or bank transfer, if you would like to use one of these methods please bring cash down on the first night you attend and for bank details contact warclub@wargamesreading.co.uk

 

Many thanks and hope you are staying well.

Chris Watling
Wargames Association of Reading Chairman

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Club Re-Opening, Membership & Club Sundays

 
Club Re-Opening, Membership & Club Sundays
 
 
Club Re-Opening Information is below – Please Read
 
Following the latest changes we are able to extend the club re-opening. From July 19th (so from the July 21st club night) members and prospective members can attend whether or not they have a game booked. We can also lift the limitation on the numbers at each table.
 
However there are a couple of factors that we need to consider whilst track & track is still operating. We are told that the club still needs to ask people to sign-in, either via the NHS app or on a paper register and we need to consider how many people have “mixed” should a member be required to isolate.
 
For these reasons we will continue to use the table booking system. However you can now book up until August 19th as we hope the rules will change by then. You will be asked to set-up your own table using the “covid secure” floor plan layout. As all tables can be multi-player should you want a table bigger than 6 by 5 you should book an additional table and mail your plan to warclub@wargamesreading.co.uk. However we would ask you to consider that the number of tables will be limited when booking. If you are unable to find a table please let us know as we may be able to find space.
 
There will still be a committee member responsible for the meeting and you should follow their requests.
You will be able to access the terrain cupboard, but we would ask that only one person is in the cupboard at a time.
 
In keeping with the government approach masks will become a matter of personal judgement, however we would request that as a curtesy to other members you do wear one whilst moving around the hall. It will be your responsibility as to whether you maintain 1M+ at your table and the table booker will need to know who was at the table.
 
We are investigating options to use the kitchen – further details in due course.
Here is the link to the table booking system
https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/WargamesAssociationofReading@wargamesreading.co.uk/bookings/
 
Club nights will run from 18:30 and your game will need to finish by 22:30.
When at a Club night please be aware of the following:
1. Do not attend a club night if you are symptomatic and/or have a positive test – I hope this is common sense by now but if you are symptomatic or have had a positive test and have been told to self isolate do not attend the club. Please let the committee know if this is the case.
2. Please bring Terrain where possible
3. Please bring your own drinks and refreshments until we can make arrangements to use the kitchen
4. There will be hand Sanitiser provided by Winnersh Parish Council – These are dotted throughout the building and there is cleaning supplies to sanitise tables. Please do bring your own supplies if you want them at your table.
 
The current plan is certain to change and we will communicate changes as quickly as possible though mailing list, Facebook and the website.
 
 
Club Sundays for 2021
In the spirit of getting back to gaming as normal we have arranged the following club Sundays. Club Sundays will operate like a Wednesday with the same need for booking and layout until the rules change further.
 
The dates are as follows:
July 25th
August 15th
September 19th
October 17th
December 12th
 
We will have the hall between 9 and 4:30 if you would like to come down please book.
 
 
Membership for 2021 – Reminder
As per the beginning of the year announcement we are offering reduced membership option for this year. If you were a member at any point last year the £20 membership fees are halved to £10. If Discounted membership is purchased and you were not a member in 2020 we will refund your order and get in contact with you.
 
Links to the club store for those who want to use card or PayPal are below:
 
For renewing if you were a member last year Click https://wargamesreading.us17.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4aa5d924fa4371e1803bedab4&id=63a11fb8a6&e=a71297da0a
 
The page is password protected and the password is avaiable on request to warclub@wargamesreading.co.uk
If you were not a member last year Click https://wargamesreading.us17.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4aa5d924fa4371e1803bedab4&id=9f635e51d8&e=a71297da0a
 
We are still taking cash or bank transfer, if you would like to use one of these methods please bring cash down on the first night you attend and for bank details contact warclub@wargamesreading.co.uk
 
 
Many thanks and hope you are staying well.
 
Chris Watling
Wargames Association of Reading Chairman
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Club Reopening – First Sunday Games Day Sunday July 25th – gauging interest

Club Reopening – First Sunday Games Day Sunday July 25th – gauging interest
The club is holding a provisional booking for a Sunday games day on July 25th. In order to go ahead with the day we need to know if there will be sufficient demand. If you would take a table, either standard 1:1 or a multiplayer table please let Steve Watling know by June 30th. At the moment we have to assume that the existing Covid rules will apply (eg no use of kitchen, no mixing with other players, masks). We all hope that this will change before the day!
At the moment it is proposed to hold a club ADLG mini- competition with 6 players on that day. This will be 3 standard tables in a segregated part of the hall.
 
Please email warclub@wargamesreading.co.uk
 
Thanks
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Club Re-Opening, Table Booking Details

Club Re-Opening, Table Booking Details

 

These are the details you will need to book to attend club nights and where to find more information

Following the changes announced tonight we have been told that the club will be open in the same limited way we have done before Christmas. Unfortunately this is not the return of “Normal” Club nights, although we hope these will be possible once the next changes are announced at the end of June. There is one big change from before Christmas and it is that we have been told limited multiplayer games will be possible. Initially this will be for a maximum of 6 people and due to the restrictions for this there will initially only be 2 tables and these will be in the smaller Sindlesham room. Everything else is unchanged and summarised below:

In order to attend Club nights you will need to book in advance. To book in advance please go to the following link and fill in the information required, we need the information for Track and Trace:

https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/WargamesAssociationofReading@wargamesreading.co.uk/bookings/

Booking is possible 7 days before a club night and there are only 16 tables. Initially only bookings for club members will be approved, if you are a non club member and make a booking it will be cancelled and we will respond explaining why. If you don’t have a booking you will not be allowed into the club night.

Club nights will run from 18:30 and your game will need to finish by 22:30. This is to allow the club night manager and deputy to setup all of the tables and tidy up afterwards.

When at a Club night please be aware of the following:

  1. The club Night will be run by a Manager and a deputy – Both of these positions will be filled by committee members who will be in a rota. Their word on the club nights is final.
  2. Masks are required at a club night – This is in line with government guidance and applies unless you have a valid medical reason. You will need to bring your own mask as Winnersh Parish Council are not providing them. You are welcome to bring any other PPE e.g. gloves and visor if you wish to.
  3. Do not attend a club night if you are symptomatic and/or have a positive test – I hope this is common sense by now but if you are symptomatic or have had a positive test and have been told to self isolate do not attend the club. Please let the committee know if this is the case.
  4. Please bring Terrain where possible – There will be limited terrain available, the cupboard will be unavailable however we will put popular terrain outside.
  5. Please bring your own drinks and refreshments – The Kitchen is closed and there will be no shop available.
  6. You will not be allowed to circulate to other tables – If you want to chat to another member not at your table both of you will need to go outside.
  7. There will be hand Sanitiser provided by Winnersh Parish Council – These are dotted throughout the building and there is cleaning supplies to sanitise tables. Please do bring your own supplies if you want them at your table.

The above Please read the guidance document that details how club nights will run and the restrictions in place – https://wargamesreading.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/WARCovid19Guidance.docx

Winnersh Parish Council have worked with us about reopening and have given us guidance on how the night needs to run. They have then approved our plan to setup club nights. If you want more information on the Government guidance that Winnersh Parish Council are working to please Click Here.

The current plan is certain to change and will either get more restricted to the point there will be no club nights or as restrictions ease we will be able to move more towards “Normal”. We will communicate changes as quickly as possible though mailing list, Facebook and the website however with Government policy changing so fast please do bear with us.

Membership for the Remainder of 2021

As per the beginning of the year announcement because the club will be reopening we are now open for those who wish to be a member for the rest of this year. If you were a member at any point last year the £20 membership fees are halved to £10. If Discounted membership is purchased and you were not a member in 2020 we will refund your order and get in contact with you.

Links to the club store for those who want to use card or PayPal are below:

For renewing if you were a member last year Click Here
The page is password protected and the password available from warclub@wargamesreading.co.uk

If you were not a member last year Click Here

We are still taking cash or bank transfer, if you would like to use one of these methods please bring cash down on the first night you attend and for bank details contact warclub@wargamesreading.co.uk

 

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WAR Club AGM Joining Details

 

WAR Club AGM Joining Details

 

Please see below the instructions for joining the AGM, at 7pm on Wednesday 9th “see” you then.

 

AGM Join Details

To join the AGM please use the link below:

Click Here to Join the Meeting

We are going to be using Teams again for this meeting but it will be a different type of event that is more of a meeting than the ones we have done for a town hall. The idea is to be more interactive so we can have members speak directly as part of the AGM.

You will go into the lobby of the meeting when you initially join and we will only admit those who are paid up members so please put your name fully when you join.

All attendees will join Muted to start with and we will then allow un-muting once the meeting has got underway.

 

Many thanks and hope you are staying well.

Chris Watling
Wargames Association of Reading Chairman

 

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WAR AGM Announcement & Call for Nominations

WAR AGM Announcement & Call for Nominations
It is that time of the year again for the AGM, due to COVID everything will be held virtual, that is nominations, voting and the AGM its self. Our timeline for the AGM is as follows:
Timeline
From now until 17.00hrs December 2nd nominations are open for next year’s committee, any specific items for the AGM agenda and for club member of the year.
The AGM will take place on December 9th at 7pm.
Voting will be allowed to continue until December 15th at 7pm.
We will run another short Virtual meeting to announce the outcome on December 16th at 7pm.
To vote you will have to put your email address, name and preference into an online form, which is why we are giving a longer amount of time than usual to vote particularly, as we will not be able meet at Winnersh for the AGM if still in lockdown or if lockdown is lifted on the 2nd December, the number of club members able to attend Winnersh will be limited.
Membership Fees for 2021
We are also looking for your say on club fees for next year. Most people have had less than 6 month of gaming and some nearer 3 months. With this in mind we are wanting to know what your view on having lower club fees for 2021 is. The outcome of the poll will be shared with next year’s committee so they can take it into account.
The committee see there being 2 options:
Membership fees are unchanged at £40
There is a 50% discount for those that paid full price in 2020. Membership would then be £20 for the entirety of 2021 but it would have to be paid by Jan 31st 2021 to take advantage of this. If you paid the reduced membership rate in 2020 you will be liable for the full price in 2021.
This year’s committee feel that option 2 would be fair however please bear in mind that this year the club will make a loss and if the discount were put in place it will leave the club worse off but shouldn’t affect the ability of the club to run “as normal”.
How to Get Involved
To Nominate for the 2021 committee please use the form on the link here
To Nominate a member for Member of the year please use the form on the link here
To send in items for the AGM agenda please send a mail to warclub@wargamesreading.co.uk
To provide your view on membership for 2021 please use the form on the link here
Many thanks and hope you are staying well.
Chris Watling
Wargames Association of Reading Chairman
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Club Update – %th November National Lockdown

Dear Wargames,

Unfortunately as we are heading into lockdown again this means that the meeting this Wednesday be the last one that takes place until we come out of lockdown.

 

Club Nights

It has been great to see those that have managed to make it down to the club over the last couple of months, all being well we will be able to reopen in December. We will circulate more details of when that will be closer to the time.

 

Club Sundays

Thanks for all your interest attending the club Sunday that was due to take place on November 15th will not take place due to the new lockdown.

 

During Lockdown

Please do share any pictures of games or videos that you do over the lockdown with us. If you are happy for us to do so we will publish them on the club website and Facebook page.

 

Many thanks and hope you are staying well.

Chris Watling
Wargames Association of Reading Chairman

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Club night update

We have had a few weeks of the club reopening, there have been a few FAQ and some updates. These are as follows:

 

Club Nights

Thanks to all those who have come down to the club nights so far.

  • Please Consider Attending Every Week – We have had a steady turn out and some of you have said that you have been limiting coming down to every 2 weeks. There have been spare tables every night so please come down every week if you want.
  • The Cost of Club Nights –  A number of you have asked this question, based on the reduced capacity Winnersh council have halved the cost of hiring for the club, this makes the smaller club nights sustainable.
  • Organising a Game – Several members have been in contact to say they are looking for a game but don’t have a way to contact other members. If you have Facebook there is a game group that you can use to contact other members. We are trying to figure out how we can make this easier for those who don’t use Facebook. For now please mail warclub@warfgamesreading.co.uk and we will try to match you up.
  • Where to book – To book for a Club Night please use the booking page available here

 

New Members

Based on the attendance so far we have decided to re-open to new members. The cost of joining between now and he end of the year we have set at £20 and is available through the club shop here.

 

Club Sundays

We have cancelled the club open day scheduled for Sunday 18th of October. We have added a new date of Sunday 15th Of November which would have been the Sunday of Warfare. This will only go ahead if we have enough attendees to make it viable. To express your interest please put your email in the form here

 

Many thanks and hope you are staying well.

Chris Watling
Wargames Association of Reading Chairman

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club reopening – Booking and rules

Club Re-Opening, Table Booking Details & Correct Link for Town Hall Recording
These are the details you will need to book to attend club nights and where to find more information
Following the result of much planning we have been allowed to reopen the club. This is not going to be the return of “Normal” Club nights, there are some major changes and compromises we have had to make in order to make this possible. All of these changes are to enable us to run club nights socially distanced and to reduce the risk of infection.
In order to attend Club nights you will need to book in advance. To book in advance please go to the following link and fill in the information required, we need the information for Track and Trace:
Booking is possible 7 days before a club night and there are only 18 tables. Initially only bookings for club members will be approved, if you are a non club member and make a booking it will be cancelled and we will respond explaining why. We will look at allowing new members once we see how popular club nights are, this will be reviewed at the next committee meeting. If you don’t have a booking you will not be allowed into the club night.
Club nights will run from 18:30 and your game will need to finish by 22:30. This is to allow the club night manager and deputy to setup all of the tables and tidy up afterwards.
When at a Club night please be aware of the following:
  • The club Night will be run by a Manager and a deputy – Both of these positions will be filled by committee members who will be in a rota. Their word on the club nights is final.
  • Masks are required at a club night – This is in line with government guidance and applies unless you have a valid medical reason. You will need to bring your own mask as Winnersh Parish Council are not providing them. You are welcome to bring any other PPE e.g. gloves and visor if you wish to.
  • Do not attend a club night if you are symptomatic and/or have a positive test – I hope this is common sense by now but if you are symptomatic or have had a positive test and have been told to self isolate do not attend the club. Please let the committee know if this is the case.
  • A game can only take place between 2 members – Only 2 members will be allowed per table, there are no exceptions allowed.
  • Your table will be setup for you when you arrive – All tables are 6×5 foot and will be setup with a green cloth and 2 chairs. Do not move your table, all tables will be placed in accordance with social distancing.
  • Please bring Terrain where possible – There will be limited terrain available, the cupboard will be unavailable however we will put popular terrain outside.
  • Please bring your own drinks and refreshments – The Kitchen is closed and there will be no shop available.
  • You will not be allowed to circulate to other tables – If you want to chat to another member not at your table both of you will need to go outside.
  • There will be hand Sanitiser provided by Winnersh Parish Council – These are dotted throughout the building and there is cleaning supplies to sanitise tables. Please do bring your own supplies if you want them at your table.
The above Please read the guidance document that details how club nights will run and the restrictions in place –
Winnersh Parish Council have worked with us about reopening and have given us guidance on how the night needs to run. They have then approved our plan to setup club nights. If you want more information on the Government guidance that Winnersh Parish Council are working to please Click on link
The current plan is certain to change and will either get more restricted to the point there will be no club nights or as restrictions ease we will be able to move more towards “Normal”. We will communicate changes as quickly as possible though mailing list, Facebook and the website however with Government policy changing so fast please do bear with us.
The parish council have offered more bookings of the hall to us as there are reduced numbers possible on any one night. With these bookings we can try to run more club events and one idea has been to do Club Sundays. All of the same restrictions would apply on a Sunday. If you are interested please pop a mail to warclub@wargamesreading.co.uk and let us know. If Club nights are popular we may try to put one on and see what the reception is.
If you have any feedback on club nights, the booking process or any other part of the process please let us know.
Apologies – Correct Town Hall link below
Apologies to all who tried to join last night with the link sent out on the previous mail, must have had a moment when putting the mail together as the link was wrong.
The below link is to view the recording from last night:
Many thanks and hope you are staying well.
Chris Watling
Wargames Association of Reading Chairman
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Good News! – Club Re-opening

Good News!

Winnersh Parish Council are allowing us to resume club nights under very specific conditions, we will be having a virtual town hall on Wednesday 09/09/2020 at 8PM to brief on how club nights are going to run. The first night will be 16/09/2020, in order to attend this night and future nights you will have to book. Details for how to book will be made available at the town hall, mailed to members and on the website and social media afterwards.

To join either mail warclub@wargamesreading.co.uk or details will be in the private WAR Club Game Group.